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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Papoose Publishing; illustrated edition edition (July 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615187048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615187044
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,818,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pinnacle Book Award Winner, Health
NABE

As close to a bible on the subject as exists…
Dennis Littrell, Top Reviewer, Amazon

A first pick for any parent…
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review

Great book!
Jim Barnes, Managing Editor & Awards Director, Jenkins

An exceptional book…
Kelly Jad'on, Founder of Basil & Spice

A pleasant, warm, friendly approach to a scary problem…
Tracy B. Fausnight M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Allergy and Immunology, Penn State Children's Hospital

Clear examples and incentives to those training food handlers…
International Food Hygiene, Positive Action Publications Ltd., East Yorkshire, England

An empowering guide…
MaryKay Hill, Executive Director, Vermont Food Allergy Organization

A valuable resource...
Roxanne H. Condon, MS, LPC Master of Science

Thoughtfully written and straight to the point…
Deana Boucher, RD CDE

An invaluable resource…
Deborah Markus, Secular Homeschooling Editor

I absolutely loved it!!!...# 1 book to read...
Karen A. Jordan, Executive Director, Berkshire Food Allergy Consulting Services

A must have for your food allergy library…
Sheree’ Godwin, Executive Director and Founder of Food Allergy Association of Wisconsin Inc.

A wealth of information…
Nancy Massotto, Executive Director of Holistic Mom’s Network

Very thought provoking...
Amy Perry, Another Mom's Food Allergy Journey

Impressive…refreshing…encouraging…
Maria Hardy, Founder of Loudoun Allergy Network

Wonderful book!!...a must read…
Rose Boynton, Founder, FACES

An excellent resource…
Jenny Giles, Kansas City Northland Parents of Children with Peanut Allergies

A support-group-in-a-book…
Dena Friedel, Founder/Director of My Food Allergy Support Group

A more comprehensive food allergy resource than many others…
Debbie Bornilla, Coordinator of Food Allergy Parent Education Group

Packed with information….
Debbie Pantano, Leader of the Food Allergy Support Group of Gloucester County

About the Author

A. Anderson was born in 1967 in New York. She was a student of philosophy from 1985 to 1990 at UVM from where she received her B.A. She moved to California and studied law and data communications from 1990 to 1996 at UCLA from where she received a two certifications. She then moved to Connecticut and worked at Yale University from 1997 to 2003 in information technology. While there, she earned two masters certifications from Oracle University, one in design architecture and another in web application development.

In 2003 she had their first son and the second in 2004. She remained at home as a full-time mother with her children for six years. In 2007 and 2008, she wrote Flourishing with Food Allergies and donated her time by speaking at various libraries, bookstores and other locations on the subject of food allergies in children. She has written articles and provided interviews on the subject as well for libraries, radio and television. In 2009, she donated over two hundred of her books to food allergy support group leaders and publications in the U.S., Europe, Canada and Australia in an effort to support new parents, raise awareness in society, and offer guidance such as how to ask our government for more research on food allergies.

More About the Author

A. Anderson, PMP, is a consultant for a major healthcare insurer providing writing and project management expertise. She holds the following degrees and certifications:

- B.A., Philosophy, UVM, 1990
- Certified Paralegal, School of Law, UCLA, 1991
- Professional Designation in Data Communications, School of Engineering, UCLA, 1995
- Certified Web Application Developer, Oracle Corp., 1997
- Certified Design Architect, Oracle Corp., 2000
- Certified Project Management Professional, PMI, 2013


In 2003 she had their first son and the second in 2004 after which she wrote, "Flourishing with Food Allergies," which won the Pinnacle Book Award in 2009.

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It is so well written and easy to read.
Rhonda Lewis
I am a speech-language pathologist and am thrilled that there is such a wonderful book to recommend to parents of children with food allergies.
VT SLP
In the next section of the book, Anderson presents stories from other parents of allergic children.
Dennis Littrell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Julie Peterson on October 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a mother of a young child with severe food allergies, I thought FLOURISHING WITH FOOD ALLERGIES: SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL, AND PRACTICAL GUIDANCE FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN by A. Anderson would be a very useful book. I consider myself a pretty educated mother on the topic of food allergies, but I'm always looking for new-to-me information about how best to handle this issue.

I admit that this book has been sitting on my shelves for some time because when I skimmed through the book, I discovered that it really wasn't what I was expecting. This book does have its share of helpful information, but I think it is geared more to parents who have just discovered that their kid has food allergies. I didn't really learn a lot of new things specifically about food allergies and how to best handle them with my son.

Initially, I was drawn to the idea that this book discussed the "social, emotional, and practical guidance" aspect of having a child with food allergies. I was hoping that this book would help me help my child deal with his allergies. I wanted "advice" on how to teach him and his friends about his allergies. In addition, I wanted assistance in explaining to him why he can't eat what other kids are eating and how not to make him feel left out. (I would have loved a listing of educational books or DVDs that deal with food allergies.) There were some helpful hints about how to handle parties and school and ingredient listings, but the book was still lacking for me -- maybe it's because I have thoroughly researched food allergies on my own over the past five years.

I found that the author tended to write about her personal experiences a little too much for me rather than focusing on the general.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By VT SLP on November 2, 2008
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This book is a wonderful resource for parents. I am a speech-language pathologist and am thrilled that there is such a wonderful book to recommend to parents of children with food allergies. It offers practical, useful information and lets parents know that living with food allergies is truly manageable!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maxeli's Mom on September 23, 2008
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This is a wonderful book! It is so great to know that other parents are going through similar situations. It is also nice to know that you can live successfully with food allergies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 10, 2008
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Food Allergies can crop up far more often than one would think, and can change the way some live their lives. "Flourishing With Food Allergies: Social, Emotional, and Practical Guidance for Families with Young Children" is a guide for parents of children who suffer from food allergies. Chapters are filled with tips on finding proper medical care, and keeping one's children away from allergens when they are at social situations or school. Enhanced with a bibliography and appendix, "Flourishing With Food Allergies" should be considered a first pick for any parent of a child with food allergies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Tracy on September 2, 2008
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This book is very helpful in the sense that it addresses the emotional and social issues that families go through when dealing with food allergies. It's comforting to hear others are going through similar experiences and learn how they handled it. An informative & interesting read! Thank you A. Anderson!
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If you have children with food allergies or suspect that your children may be allergic to certain foods, do yourself and your family a favor and read this book. It is thorough, authoritative, clearly written, and about as close to a "bible" on the subject as exists.

Anderson combines personal experiences stories, case histories and the latest research to show the reader how children and parents can not only cope with allergies to common foods such as wheat, diary, peanuts, tree nuts, etc., but how they can flourish in a world of dietary danger. Beginning with her own experience with two children who are allergic to certain foods--and not the same ones--Anderson shows the reader how to avoid the dangerous foods and how to cope with situations involving the dangerous foods. This is essential since some allergic reactions can be life-threatening.

She also shows how she personally dealt with denial and guilt and then took a pro-active acceptance stand while alerting the reader to the many pitfalls along the way, such as what can happen in preschool and after as your children interact with a world that doesn't realize that they are allergic and must be kept away from certain foods. Anderson made her own personal decision not to send her children to pre-school because of the dangers. For a child allergic to milk, for example, sometimes just the particles of cheese in the air during a pizza party can bring about an attack. Or even bits of the allergen on the fingers of classmates may spell out danger to the susceptible child.

In the next section of the book, Anderson presents stories from other parents of allergic children. These case histories are valuable because they recount different experiences with which readers may identify.
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